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Smith Won't Hinder Game On Dude

Jockey Mike Smith

Mike Smith plans to keep it simple when he rides favored Game On Dude in Sunday’s Grade II San Antonio Stakes, a forerunner to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 2, a race the classy gelding won in 2011.

“Stay out of his way,” the Hall of Fame rider smiled when asked about strategy in what is expected to be a short field.

In a more serious vein, Smith knows competing riders can alter their routines in an attempt to throw a heavy favorite off kilter in quest of an upset, especially in a small field.

“Things can happen in short fields, as we all know,” Smith said. “Everyone knows where everyone’s at. Each rider can kind of sit there and make it a sprint for home, but Game On Dude’s a naturally quick horse and has a great cruising speed.

“I’m just going to let him do his thing, and I’d do that even if it was a bigger field. We’ve just got to get away well and get him in a place where he can do what he does best, and that’s run. That’s my job, anyway. Hopefully, he does the rest.”



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Where's the competiton? Most of the horses here can't win G3 let alone an allowance race. GOD will probably canter a mere 12 length victory.

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